- Cubao Cathedral
Immaculate Conception Cathedral Location Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City Country Philippines Denomination Roman Catholic History Founded July 15, 1950 Dedication Immaculate Conception Administration Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao Province Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manila Clergy Bishop(s) Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco Pastor(s) Rev. Fr. Moises M. Cabrera
Cubao Cathedral, formally known as the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic church located at Lantana Street, Cubao, Quezon City in the Philippines. It is the cathedral or seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao. It is also part of the Vicariate of the Holy Family. It was created in 1950, by the Society of the Divine Word, belonging to them until 1990, when the Archdiocese of Manila took over the administration. On August 28, 2003, the Diocese of Cubao was inaugurated, with the elevation of the parish into the status of a cathedral. The present rector of the cathedral is Very Rev. Fr. Moises M. Cabrera.
During the Allied liberation period of World War II, Fr. Henry Demond, SVD, took the initiative of attending to the pastoral and spiritual needs of a limited community around Manga road in Cubao first by celebrating Mass in a private residence. Later the Sunday Service was transferred to a quonset mess hall abandoned by the combined US & Philippine Commonwealth Armed Forces situated on Spence-Brooklyn Streets. The setting of the place at that time was a ricefield. The farmers tilling the rice paddies invoked San Isidro, the Farmer, so the chapel that was built later became known as San Isidro Chapel. It belonged to the Sacred Heart Parish of Kamuning, in Quezon City. Fr. Panfilo Gianan succeeded Fr. Demond. While teaching as theology professor at Christ the King Mission Seminary and later as Prefect of Scholastics, Fr. Ambrosio Manaligod consistently lent a helping hand to the pastoral work of the parish especially in the direction of lay organizations.
In 1949 the patron was changed to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The following year, on July 15, 1950, the chapel community of the faithful was elevated into a parish. The first parish priests were: Fr. Juan Simon, an Argentinian (1950-1954); he was succeeded by Fr. Alois Vogel, a German (1954-1056); and then, Fr. Benito Rixner (1956-1958), also a German. For years the parish remained under the pastoral care of the priests of the Society of the Divine Word. Pastoral supply work on Sunday and weekdays went handy due to the proximity of the church of Christ the King Mission Seminary, the main residence of the SVD missionaries.
In 1989 the SVD Superiors, in keeping with the missionary spirit marked out in the SVD Constitutions, offered the parish to the Archdiocese of Manila. The transfer took place at Easter in 1990 with Msgr. Reynaldo Celso as the First Diocesan Parish Priest. Now, the Immaculate Conception Parish is the Seat of Diocese of Cubao.
Areas covered are from EDSA-Santolan Road to EDSA-Ermin Garcia Ave.
39 Lantana Street, Cubao, Quezon City 1109
Previously, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral belonged to the Archdiocese of Manila. It became the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao on August 28, 2003.
Below is the list of parish priests. Upon the elevation of the parish into a cathedral in 2003, Msgr. Daniel Sta. Maria became the first rector of the cathedral.
Under the administration of the Society of the Divine Word
Name Years of Pastorship Present Assignment Fr. Juan Simon, SVD 1950 to 1954 Fr. Alois Vogel, SVD 1955 Fr. Benito Rixner, SVD 1956 to 1958 Fr. Anselmo Bustos, SVD 1959 to 1962 Fr. Jose Lazo, SVD 1963 Fr. John Sleumer, SVD 1964 Fr. Francis Kutscher, SVD 1965 to 1970 Fr. George Harwardt, SVD 1971 to 1979 Fr. Liberato Fernandez, SVD 1980 to 1990
Under the administration of the Diocesan Clergy
Name Years of Pastorship Present Assignment Rev. Msgr. Reynaldo Y. Celso 1990 to 2000 on Sabbatical Leave, Archdiocese of Manila Rev. Msgr. Daniel B. Sta. Maria, 2000 to 2006 Christ the King Parish (Greenmeadows, Quezon City) Rev. Msgr. Alfonso A. Bugaoan, Jr., 2006 to 2009 Most Holy Redeemer Parish (Araneta Ave., Quezon City) Rev. Fr. Moises M. Cabrera 2009–present
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